March 5, 2010

Freeman Accepts Life Challenge

March 5, 2010 - Recently Georgetown's junior guard Austin Freeman was presented a life challenge, one that supersedes hardwood, academic, or even relationship issues; the 6'4", Mitchellville, MD native was, after missing a game and performing under par in another, has been diagnosed with diabetes mellitus.

Described by Wikipedia as "a condition in which a person has a high blood sugar (glucose) level as a result of the body either not producing enough insulin, or because body cells do not properly respond to the insulin that is produced", the disease, widely known simply as diabetes, is a manageable concern.

Other athletes who have continued competing with the disease have been tennis great Arthur Ashe, NFL quarterback Jay Cutler and NBA hooper Adam Morrison - both currently competing - and ex-New York Knick center Chris Dudley, diagnosed at 16 years old.

Despite a wealth of anecdotal information developed by these athletes and others regarding the challenges and treatment of competing in high level athletic concerns being diabetic, according to an American Diabetes Association publication, "there are very few well-controlled studies that add to our knowledge of formulating effective treatment".

That more or less summarizes Freeman, his coach, John Thompson III, and Georgetown's approach to this challenge going forward; everyone is in learning mode, attempting to craft a strategy based upon Austin's bodily responses.

The best people to talk about it are both coach and player. Click here for their press conference.

A 17 point a game scorer - leading the Hoyas in that regard - Freeman practiced Wednesday and reportedly performed well. There is a possibility he will play against Cincinnati Saturday, though to what degree is unknown.

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